The redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 remains a kinder, gentler pickup truck in a competitive field. This generation drops pounds, improves fuel economy, adds more room for passengers, and raises the bar for interior packaging. This truck can satisfy the needs of even the most demanding commercial driver while providing comfort and tranquility.
Alerts
There are 21 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2009. Head protection air bags available from 2002, standard from 2009. ESC available from 2007, standard from 2009. Side air bags standard from 2013.
Road Test

The redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 remains a kinder, gentler pickup truck in a competitive field. This generation drops pounds, improves fuel economy, adds more room for passengers, and raises the bar for interior packaging. This truck can satisfy the needs of even the most demanding commercial driver while providing comfort and tranquility.

Our typically equipped crew-cab truck got 17 mpg overall with the V8 engine and optional mild-hybrid battery system. That electric assist slightly augments power and ensures a smooth stop/start functionality, without compromising accessories such as the air conditioning. As before, the 5.7-liter V8 paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission makes for a smooth, willing, and satisfying powertrain.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
extended cab
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.6-liter V6 (305 hp)
  • 5.7-liter V8 (395 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2019 Ram 1500 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen freezes up

"The display and control icons on the 12 screen screw up intermittently. This is a known problem and they are supposed to be working on a software fix."

Anonymous, FL (2019 Ram 1500 Limited 5.7-L V8)
Display screen goes blank

"Screen went out without any prior issues. Still able to use touch surface to change channels but had a dark/black screen. Dealership said they updated software to correct the issue."

Anonymous, TX (2019 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Bluetooth quit working on radio"

Anonymous, OK (2019 Ram 1500 Limited 5.7-L V8)
Radio

"Radio would intermittently change channels by itself."

William D., TN (2019 Ram 1500 Limited 5.7-L V8)

"Satellite radio doesn’t perform as it should.. it keeps going back to the promotional station each time the vehicle is stopped."

Anonymous, WI (2019 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

"It locks up intermittently with no sound at all. You have to completely shut it off and let it sit all day or night and 95% of the time it works again. RAM says they know about the problem but don’t have fix.. it’s been 3 months now and counting!"

Anonymous, IL (2019 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

"The audio will discontinue to operate once in a while?"

Gary F., NE (2019 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

"Sirius worked for the first week of ownership. Then it just quit (would not receive any channels). Talked with Sirius 3 times in that week (all they said was that 2019 Ram 1500s had a recall issue because of something new in that model year). Dealership salesman and service personnel had not heard of any problems or recalls. After a week of trying and calling, it suddenly worked again. No explanation nor remuneration for lost air time."

Anonymous, TX (2019 Ram 1500 Longhorn 5.7-L V8)
Speakers

"Occasionally don't get any sound out of the speakers, whether it's the radio playing, or phone. I can turn off the engine and restart and it will come back. This seems to be a known problem in other 2019 Ram 1500's."

Brenda M., OK (2019 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Parking brake

"This was a parking brake cable recall . Dodge fixed right away."

Peter V., NJ (2019 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

"Parking brake would not release during cold winter weather on three occasions"

Joe W., CO (2019 Ram 1500 Limited 5.7-L V8)
Pulsation or vibration

"Again only occurred in reverse."

Anonymous, IL (2019 Ram 1500 5.7-L V8)
Squeaking

"Very noisy when in reverse."

Anonymous, IL (2019 Ram 1500 5.7-L V8)

"Squeaking under low-pressure braking circumstances."

Anonymous, CA (2019 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

"Rear brakes on both sides randomly squeak every time it's driven. Occasionally they will moan when backing, but not every time. This was an issue the day I drove off the lot brand new. Thought it would go away after some break-in. No luck after 2500 miles."

Anonymous, WV (2019 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"After 2 days water wad discovered under drivers mat! In service could not resolve! Seemed it was showing up with a/c usage again a small spot 3 or so round was found under the mat! The A/C usage ended for the winter. In again in for service in March and again nothing conclusive. We will see this Summer."

Henry K., NY (2019 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

"Sun roof Rear drain tubes installed improperly at factory- water got in cab"

Anonymous, NJ (2019 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

"I had water leaking into the floor area under the rear seat. Dealer had me in within two days and the problem fixed that same day, along with two other recall issues (for which my vehicle had not experienced the problems)."

Robert L., VA (2019 Ram 1500 Rebel 5.7-L V8)
Squeaks or rattles

"Headliner rattle/creak due to apex clips."

Kim Z., MI (2019 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

"Multiple interior rattles - A pillar on driver's side; rear window and sliding rear window; several in dash/infotainment area; driver's door seal. NONE of which have been corrected."

Anonymous, KS (2019 Ram 1500 Limited 5.7-L V8)
Wind noise

"At freeway speed, in a cross wind, there is a wind noise coming from the driver's side front, that it drowns out people talking inside the cabin. The driver's side grab handle also vibrates at a very high frequency. I have taken it back to the dealership, and they have applied a fix, but we are not sure yet if it has been fully resolved. We will need to wait and see."

Keith C., AZ (2019 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Body control module

"Car would turn over but would not start"

Roscoe G., MO (2019 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)
Warning lights

"Warning lights in mirror don't warn you until approaching car is next to you"

Allen S., CA (2019 Ram 1500 Limited 5.7-L V8)

"when taking delivery there was a warning light for the emergency brake system. The garagae remote oes not work"

Anonymous, NY (2019 Ram 1500 Limited 5.7-L V8)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"needs a tire rotation already. Steer tires are wearing unevenly. I keep the tire pressure at the recommended level and check often."

Jim S., CA (2019 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)
Electronic or air suspension

"The automatic air suspension quit working after a couple of months. The dealership did not have the part in stock to fix it."

Larry R., MO (2019 Ram 1500 Limited 5.7-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Truck has electric steering. Had a loose main ground lug on the fender, from the factory, causing hard steering."

Jim S., CA (2019 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7-L V8)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"All problems were caused due to moisture that permeated an electrical connector from a car wash. The moisture caused 19 faults. that was corrected by the dealer by drying out the connector and resetting the faults."

John D., MN (2019 Ram 1500 Longhorn 5.7-L V8)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Tailgate retaining cables are not of equal length, about ¾” difference"

Joe W., CO (2019 Ram 1500 Limited 5.7-L V8)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint chipped off the passenger side front door handle. According to the dealership, this is NOT covered under warranty even though this is not related to anything other than people grabbing the door handle."

Keith C., AZ (2019 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7-L V8)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Refrigerant leaks

"leaking valve required replacement"

Anonymous, ND (2019 Ram 1500 Limited 5.7-L V8)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

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